Current Pendant Productions logo, introduced in 2009.
|Headquarters||Los Angeles, California,
|Key people||Jeffrey Bridges
(Co-owner, Script Editor)
|Products||Audio Drama, Radio Drama, Comics|
Pendant Productions, (also known as Pendant Audio, or just Pendant) is an independent online production group specializing in the production of audio serials and radio dramas for podcast, digital download, and radio broadcast. The group consists of scores of writers, voice actors, editors and directors who create a myriad of original monthly shows and newscasts.
Pendant is considered part of the growing online community specializing in the revival of audio drama and the subgenre of audio theater.
Nearly 1 million mp3s were downloaded from pendantaudio.com in 2007, and in 2008, Pendant topped 1.1 million mp3s downloaded. This number does not count episodes downloaded through iTunes.
Pendant Productions was created by Jeffrey Bridges, who serves as executive producer on all shows.
The net-based audio theater company got its started with the popular fan show Star Trek: Defiant, whose launch was delayed due to production difficulties. The group later branched out into dramas based on Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Star Wars, to name a few. On May 29, 2012, Pendant ceased all production on fan shows, in an effort to focus on more original programing.
Pendant's original shows include Seminar, an anthology series, The Kingery, a science fiction crime drama, Umket Industries Presents: The Dixie Stenberg and Brassy Battalion Adventure Theatre, a WWII adventure drama, Genesis Avalon, an original superhero drama, Once Upon a Time in Vegas, a modern fairy tale drama, Red Sands Investigations, an original noir drama, and Tabula Rasa, a crime drama set in the city of Chicago.
The production company regularly holds open auditions for each of their shows, as well as director classes to train those interested in directing audio dramas for Pendant.
To date, Pendant has produced eleven original podcast shows from a wide array of genres:
- Umket Industries Presents: The Dixie Stenberg and Brassy Battalion Adventure Theater is an original sci-fi serial adventure produced in classic Old-Time Radio style.
- The Kingery is a full-cast, ongoing, original sci-fi casino crime drama.
- Once Upon a Time in Vegas is a maxi-serial fantasy drama where fairy tales meet the real world.
- Seminar is an ongoing anthology series, with no restrictions on genre.
- Genesis Avalon is a superhero maxi-serial fantasy drama.
- Red Sands Investigations is a full cast original noir feature in four parts.
- The Line is a full-cast fantasy serial drama.
- Tabula Rasa is a crime drama set in the city of Chicago.
- Henderson & Havner is a short-format comedy series following the exploits of the world's worst cop and worst reporter.
- The Pendant Shakespeare, aka The Wild Bill Variety Show, is an ongoing audio presentation of the works of William Shakespeare.
- This Week In Pendant is a weekly round-up of Pendant's projects, featuring news, interviews, casting calls and more. The show is hosted by Executive Producer Jeffrey Bridges, his wife and co-executive, Susan Bridges, and interview host Jordan Gottlieb.
In 2013, Pendant began producing dramas as part of their new "Pendant Prestige" line of shows. The first of these, Phantom Canyon, was released on February 27th, 2014.
Pendant has twice been featured in The Sonic Society's Summerstock Playhouse.
In early 2012, a Kickstarter campaign for a Dixie Stenberg and Brassy Battalion Comic Book was successfully financed by the fans of Pendant. Issue #1 was released to select donors in Fall 2012. The comic is currently being shopped around to publishers as a potential new series.
In the press
Pendant shows have aired on radio stations including CHLY-FM radio in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada; and on KTDR-FM in Del Rio, Texas. Clips from Pendant show James Bond: To The End were featured on the program Saturday Live on BBC Radio 4.
Ryan H. Nelson was interviewed on the Superman podcast the Radio KAL show (episode 5), specifically about his roles as Superman/Clark Kent and Jimmy Olsen.
Champion of Themyscira was featured in an article of the magazine Sci Fi Now
- Finalist in the Best Audio Drama Short Form category of the 2007 Parsec Awards (Batman: The Ace of Detectives).
- Finalist in the Best Audio Drama Short Form category of the 2007 Parsec Awards (Indiana Jones and the Well of Life).
- Finalist in the Best Audio Drama Series category of The Sonic Society 2008 Uni Awards (Umket Industries Presents the Dixie Stenberg and Brassy Battalion Adventure Theater).
- Finalist in the Best Actress category of The Sonic Society 2008 Uni Awards (Umket Industries Presents the Dixie Stenberg and Brassy Battalion Adventure Theater - Rene Christine Jones).
- Finalist in the Best Actor category of The Sonic Society 2008 Uni Awards (Umket Industries Presents the Dixie Stenberg and Brassy Battalion Adventure Theater - Steve Anderson)
- Finalist in the Best Music category of The Sonic Society 2008 Uni Awards (Umket Industries Presents the Dixie Stenberg and Brassy Battalion Adventure Theater - JP Sousa).
- Finalist in the Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form) category of the 2012 Parsec Awards (Genesis Avalon)
- EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Superhero Audio Drama Creators Speak! Superheroflix, September 11, 2008. Retrieved September 12, 2008
- Jeffrey Bridges of Pendant Productions, Digital Podcast, January 2008.
- Happy Late Birthday Jackabee, Sonic Society, February 2008.
- Detective Comics - Comics Fandom Part 2, Sonic Society, January 2007.
- Pendant Productions has a deal you can't refuse: The Kingery, SFFAudio, April 2007.
- Pendant Productions new Anthology Show: Seminar, SFFAudio, March 2007.
- A New Pendant Productions: A META Podcast - This Week In Pendant!, SFFAudio, October 2006.
- The Dixie Stenberg And Brassy Battalion Adventure Theater Takes Flight!, SFFAudio, August 2006.
- Pendant Productions now has six different audio …, SFFAudio, March 2006.
- Superman: The Last Son of Krypton (Issue 25 "Onslaught") - Part 1 of 9 of the "IMPERIUM" Crossover, SFFAudio, January 2007
- Podcast, Supermanhomepage.com. (MP3). Retrieved September 12, 2008.
- Sci-Fi Now, Issue 8, Imagine Publishing Ltd